Histoplasmosis - Learning Issue: Histoplasmosis MH Dont...

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Learning Issue: Histoplasmosis MH · Don’t Miss This: · Definition: Pulmonary fungal infection · Causes: Histoplasma capsulatum, a dimorphic fungus fungus that has been isolated from soil contaminated with bird droppings in endermic areas (central and eastern United States, eastern Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, and southeast Asia) · Risk Factors or Predisposing Factors · Epidemiology: Linked to bird droppings and bat exposure; common along river valleys (especially the Ohio river and the Mississippi river valleys). · Associated History or Laws of LI · Pathophysiology: Infection presumably takes place by inhalation of condia. These convert small budding cells that are engulfed by phagocytes in the lungs. The organism proliferates and is carried hematogenously to other organs. · Signs & Symptoms: Signs and symptoms of pulmonary involvement are usually absent even with patients in patients who show areas of calcification on chest radiographs. Symptomatic infections may present with mild influenza like illness, often lasting 1-4 days. Moderately severe
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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